The results of a police union survey found that New York Police Department officers believe that relations with their communities have worsened and think that New York City is less safe than it was before Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected. The survey done by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association also found that the vast majority of NYPD cops can’t stand Mayor de Blasio, America’s first openly Marxist big city mayor.
An overwhelming 96 percent of the 6,000 cops who responded to the poll have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association survey found.
As for specific complaints against the mayor, 97 percent said de Blasio has created an environment where criminals feel emboldened, while 95 percent said he has established an environment that is combative to police.
When asked what they liked “most” about de Blasio, 66 percent responded, “nothing.”
While crime rates dropped dramatically under the last two Republican mayors, New York City has seen a spike in violent crime since de Blasio took office in January of 2014. In recent months, Gotham has been dealing with a terrifying wave of slashings and stabbings — more than 10 stabbing attacks a day in the first six weeks of the year, according to Fox5NY.
Here’s more from the survey:
–The level of morale among New York City police officers ranked 2.49 out of 10.
–87% of members said New York City has become “less safe” in the past two years and the majority, 55%, say it is “a lot less safe.”
–96% of members feel the relationship between the NYPD and the public has worsened in recent years, with 70% saying it has “greatly worsened.”
–96% of members agree that suspects are now more likely to actively resist arrest.
–91% of members agree that graffiti, public urination, panhandlers, and other signs of disorder are growing more prevalent.
–These deteriorating conditions have led to more than 89% of members being willing to leave the NYPD for another job with better pay, either elsewhere in law enforcement or within the city, and 85% would leave the New York City area if offered better pay.
–More than 86% of members are less likely to recommend the NYPD as a career to relatives and children than compared to years past.
–Additionally, the majority of members felt they lacked equipment and training they need and they feel the NYPD is understaffed.
Patrick Lynch, the police union president, said in a statement: “The results of this survey prove what we’ve been hearing time and time again from members over the past two years ‒ the job is more difficult than ever, the dangers are greater, and morale is extremely low. The understaffing, inadequate training, low pay and lack of support has had a chilling effect on police officers across the city. Police officers are risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect their communities from real crime and mayhem, and now they live in constant fear of lawsuits, public complaints and are not supported by either the elected officials or the public. It is clear from these results that our city’s current public safety policies are not working in support of the women and men who actually patrol the streets. We want our leaders to work with us to change this situation, not only for the good of police officers but for the good of each and every New Yorker we serve.”